Charitable foundation to be run in Robert’s memory Tuesday 23 May 2017 Alumni News A charitable foundation set up by Robert Davidson (OL00) before he died last year is being run by his family as a lasting legacy to him. The Robert Sinclair Davidson Foundation is a charity offering financial support to families and young couples affected by life threatening and terminal illnesses. Robert, who was 34 when he died in December, established the foundation after being diagnosed with motor neurone disease in 2015. His aim was to generate awareness and opportunities for people to give donations towards providing equipment to assist with caring for the individual, or support towards their care. Within a year of his diagnosis, Robert’s wife Sariet gave birth to their daughter Maya Belle, and now she and the rest of the family are continuing the work of the foundation that he established. Robert’s father, Michael Davidson, said: “We want this charity to be a lasting legacy to our son and all the support that it receives is so very welcome. Although it is still in its infancy the foundation is already doing amazing things and we want to keep this momentum going. “By making a success of his foundation we honour Robert’s memory.” Before his illness Robert was a sports fanatic who used to go to the gym four times a week with Sariet, and loved playing squash and football. Following his diagnosis, despite the loss of mobility in his limbs and no longer being able to speak, Robert used his wheelchair and computer to continue working as a lawyer and remain as socially active as ever. His enduring wish was to help other young couples and families, who were going through similar circumstances, to take back some control in their lives. He was aware that living with a terminal illness, or caring for someone who is, can put a strain on finances. The foundation was set up to help with money worries as well as provide grants for specialist equipment and for some much needed respite. Visit the foundation’s website to find out more, or to make a donation to Robert’s Just Giving page. Robert is pictured with his wife Sariet and daughter Maya Belle.